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Aston Villa will either succeed or fail altogether, says Australian international Mile Jedinak

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Aston Villa will either succeed or fail altogether, says Australian international Mile Jedinak

Aston Villa’s rise to the promotion places is down to one thing, claims Australia international Mile Jedinak and that is “unity”.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the midfielder declared that the fans and squad think promotion is a realistic target this season, especially after the celebrations following the 4 – 2 win at Hillsborough which had seemingly underlined the belief around Villa Park.

“I’d say togetherness is the most important thing, which is something I’ve seen a lot of in this side.

“You only need to look at the scenes at the final whistle against Sheffield Wednesday.

“There’s a lot of unity here, and not just among the playing squad. The fans are really buying into this team and there’s a real mentality here now that we’re one big family – from players and coaches to staff and supporters.”

Mile Jedinak for Aston Villa
Mile Jedinak for Aston Villa

Villa are currently five points behind second-placed Cardiff City and 13 adrift of Wolves at the top. However, Jedinak is confident Villa will be in the mix at the end of the season.

“We’ve got to control our own destiny.

“We’ve still got to play a few of the teams in and around us, which gives us a good opportunity.

“Teams are going to take points off each other. Teams are going to drop points. It’s the way it works, especially in this division.”

“We need to make sure we’re on the right side of the results as often as possible and you do that by putting in strong performances.”

Now, their main priority must be to continue this sensational run of victories to ensure they can somehow make a strong case for promotion. If they are able to pull it off, Steve Bruce will succeed at ensuring that one of the most venerable institutions across England return to the promised land of the Premier League.

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock cautious even as record-breaking promotion beckons

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Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock cautious even as record-breaking promotion beckons

Was this the most decisive night in the 2017/18 Championship promotion race? If it was, Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock refuses to allow himself or his players to get carried away.

Aston Villa, the closest of the chasing pack, fell to a 3 – 1 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers while both Wolves and Cardiff City forged clear victories, the latter 3 – 1 at Griffin Park.

Brentford took an early lead but the Bluebirds hit back with three unanswered goals. Warnock, chasing a record seventh promotion, refuses to accept that the results mean his side has one foot in the Premier League. As per a report by Derby Telegraph, this is what he had to say.

“We don’t get carried away because if you do, you get kicked in the teeth in the Championship,” the Yorkshireman declared.

“I am not confident of anything in this league because we have some difficult games coming up.”

Cardiff find themselves seven points clear of third-placed Aston Villa but have difficult games ahead, beginning this weekend with the trip to Derby. After that, they face other promotion hopefuls Aston Villa, Wolves and Sheffield United.

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Warnock is confident that his players are in the right frame of mind for the run-in.

“All the boys are enjoying it,” he said. “They know that all the pressure is on the big clubs because of the expectation of their players.”

They proved to their manager their strength of character after what seemed a disastrous December. “To win seven on the trot is a great feeling,” Warnock said.

“In December I thought we’d never win another game because we lost four on the trot, but this is amazing.”

Recovering their form so spectacularly means he has no worries about going a goal down during matches.

“We showed great character after going one down but that’s what (the players) are like. They are together with great spirit, and long may it continue.”

Warnock praised Brentford as “brilliant” in the first ten minutes but was happy his players responded before the halfway point of the opening forty-five minutes. They won’t be allowed to rest on their laurels.

“Everyone put a shift in tonight but now it’s on to the next game,” Warnock said, ahead of a difficult few weeks ahead.